For starters, Rays at O's, with Moore on mound

UPDATE, 5:46: Both Pena and Maddon said it was a good time for a break as Pena is hitless in eight of his last nine games and hitting .086 (3-for-35) for May. ... Joyce is healthy but is out due to the matchup with Matusz. ... Jennings still has soreness in his left knee and it sounds like there is a sense he has hit a plateau in his recovery from the sprained left knee, though there aren't many other options as the Rays wait for his recovery.

UPDATE, 4:05: Carlos Pena gets his first day off today, against lefty Brian Matusz, and the Rays are also without Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings.
The lineup:
Zobrist rf,
S-Rod 3b,
Upton cf,
Keppinger 1b,
Guyer lf,
Scott dh,
Johnson ss,
Gimenez c,
Rhymes 2b,
Moore p

BREAKING:
The Rays will try to snap out of their most recent skid tonight against the Orioles with rookie lefty Matt Moore, who has had issues of his own, on the mound.

They would seem to have a good chance, with the Orioles starting struggling lefty Brian Matusz. CF Desmond Jennings is a possibility to return to the lineup, having been sidelined and then limited to pinch-hit duty since spraining his left knee on Sunday.

The Rays have lost five of their last six, with manager Joe Maddon acknowledging after last night's 4-3 loss to Baltimore they needed to tighten up their performance.

"We're playing hard,'' he said. "We're making too many little mistakes that are really getting in the way of victory. We've got to really curtail the mistakes execution-wise. But otherwise, I'm really pleased with the effort."

Though the Rays are 20-13 overall and just one game of first place, there have been deficiencies in all facets of their game: defense, offense, pitching and coaching.

"I think they're creeping into everywhere a little bit," Maddon said. "It's infestation, I think, regarding little mistakes. And that lies on my shoulders. I've got to make sure we don't make little mistakes."

Moore has won only one of his six starts, and in his last one blew a 4-0 lead and gave up a career-high eight runs.

Lineups when available.

 

 

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